Daily Thoughts · Driving Thoughts

God Will Make A Way

With great power comes great responsibility.

It took me a while to really understand this phrase but now that I’m actually going through what I’m going through; I’m slowly nodding my head, agreeing to this phrase ten times over.

Today probably marks one of the worst days in my career.

The thing I’ve been fearing all this time finally happened – the ever so fearsome chargebacks.

Looking at where I stand revenue wise, I cringe: almost half, if not all of my revenues all went to these nasty chargebacks.

But it’s definitely through these worst times that I have to believe  that I can turn things around.

“when things are darkest, God shines his light the brightest.” 
― Henry CloudGod Will Make a Way: What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

 

Career Life · Daily Thoughts · Driving Thoughts

A Champion’s Journey

Wow. I’ve been away from my site for a couple of days now. It feels weird not writing, but I’ve been religious at keeping an actual paper journal still so I can visually see what I felt and what I learned during a particular day.

I guess today’s post will be catch up!

June 30 – July 3, 2016: Road Trip 

It was a family road trip to Alberta. On the first night, we had a stop over at this sort of creepy Wilderness Resort in Lac Le Jeune. Don’t get me wrong; the view was wonderful, but at night, my imagination starts to run with all the possibilities of what could be lurking around in the forest and in the lake right in front of us.

At night, I did hear a wolf howl (yes, a damn wolf, not a friendly dog) but I was quick to ignore it and went back to my slumber. Needless to say I wasn’t able to sleep that well that night, and I kept fidgeting around until it was morning.

It was cold despite the days being summer… but I should’ve figured… We were in the mountains, deep in the forest, beside the lake….

Anyhow. Check out this view though! 


 The next few days, we traversed the long road and we went around Lake Louise and Lake Moraine. Lake Moraine was my favourite by far. There’s many trails you can do around the area and the hiker in me definitely rejoiced at the fact of a good workout and stellar views.

Lake Louise: it was a little cloudy. Cloudy with a chance of sunshine!

Damn these mountains. So beautiful. 

Lake Moraine: God bless you nature. 


The next morning, we visited Drumheller and the Royal Tyrell Museum.


 My childhood dreams of seeing dinosaurs came true. In my paper journal, I wrote down a lot of notes pertaining to the museum and the information I came across while I was there.

It was so fascinating to see just a tiny glimpse of what the past looked like, and the possibilities of what our ancestors had gone through in the several, different eras of human civilization.

The rest of the days were just going around and driving back home.

To be honest, that trip was probably comprised of 80 – 90% driving.
And of course. 

The Canadian Rockies. I haven’t uploaded my actual camera ones…. but here’s a sneak peek!

^ candid photo of me laughing. Probably the best. Haha.

July 4 – Present Day, 2016: Work, work, work, work, work, work 

Double time and double work as I missed the momentum in my business.

Looking back at it now, perhaps time with the family and time for myself was exactly what I needed to recharge and to perform better in the next few days.

A lot has happened, career and business wise, but the bottom line is: I have renewed hope and vigour for a brighter future.

I’ve already been in the Financial Services Industry for almost four years now. The first three years were mostly my learning curve, struggles, hardships and the development of my skills as a person, advisor, trainer and a speaker.

However, I don’t regret anything that I’ve been through. I learned a lot over the years and I was just telling my best friend yesterday: things definitely happen for a reason.

If I did not go through whatever I went through in the past three years, I would not be able to carry the load and the burden that I have in my life right now.

I am stronger now.

To cut a very long story short, once again, I’ve made a very hard decision to stop my association with certain people that have never helped me in my business, and start a new relationship with the people that care and will look after me.

I am thankful for the leadership that were able to appreciate my talent and capabilities.

I am thankful for giving me a chance to prove my worth and to prove to the whole world that I am made of some special stuff.

It’s been a very long time that I’ve felt this kind of certainty that I can finally…  finally change my life.

I think I’ve found my home.

Welcome home, April.

This is my home… My home for champions.

 

Career Life · Driving Thoughts

Driving Thoughts: Do good

When you don’t do it right the first time, you pay the price later on….

And just like a credit card, it also accrues interest – Karma interest, and it goes right back at you.

I am now paying the price for something I’ve done in the past. I didn’t do it right – I didn’t know any better. I wanted to rush things, to hurry things, to ripen the fruit when it wasn’t supposed to be ripened, and I am now dearly paying the consequences for my silly actions a year ago.

Sigh. It was indeed a silly and a rather costly business decision.

But you know what they say, everything is a learning experience.

I can get back up again and try, but this time, with a higher standard of excellence.

Daily Thoughts · Driving Thoughts

Driving Thoughts: Just A Little Bit

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Just a little more, I told myself. Just a little bit more. My lesson from my previous post still stuck with me up to this day… and admittedly, it’s the only thing that’s pushed me on throughout this day.

What differentiates a winner from an average person is just the extra 2% in their endeavours.

What if that extra 10 seconds could change someone’s life? What if it could change yours?
What if that extra call you make when you think that everything is over was the one call that could turn things around?

Of all the million things that we could fear and be frightened about, why not fear the things that would happen if we did not do it? 

If I don’t do it, I may not be able to change my family’s life.
If I don’t make this extra call, my business will continue to stagnate as it did for the 4 years prior.

Whatever the case may be, just do it. And if you do do it, do just a little bit more. Push a little bit of a little bit more.

Because winners do things average people do, but just a little more. 

 

Daily Thoughts · Driving Thoughts

Driving Thoughts: Do Your Best

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Majority of my day is spent on the road – driving. Sometimes I listen to whatever’s on the radio, switching between Christian Praise and Contemporary, but half the time…

I just think.

For many days I’ve been reflecting about my life: where I’m at, why I’m here, and why I’m not at the point where I want to be.

For easier understanding, my life can easily be divided into subparts:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Business
  • Church
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Fitness

Generally speaking, I’m happy with where I am in most aspects of my life, but that doesn’t mean I can’t do better. Business, Fitness and Speaking Engagement wise, I can see a lot of room for improvement. I notice that I’m sort of half-assing things, doing things when it’s convenient.

There’s no discipline, and there’s no real commitment either. There’s belief, but there’s no trust. That means that I believe that I can do better in my business and in my fitness life, but do I entrust myself enough that I will actually do it?

Harmony has to be in place, along with discipline.

Give your 100% in everything… because how you do anything is how you do everything.